The beginning of the mouth of fasting and feasting known as Ramadan began for Moslems in Egypt at dawn on June 1.
1. SVs & CUs Street vendors selling special lights used during Ramadan. (4 SHOTS) 0.27
2. CUs INTERIOR Sweet pastries being made. (3 SHOTS) 0.54
3. SVs Konafa (shredded food) and bread being sold.( 2 SHOTS) 1.11
4. SVs Worshippers removing their shoes outside mosque and praying inside. (2 SHOTS) 1.36
5. SVs Worshippers leaving mosque ZOOM INTO seller with Korans. (2 SHOTS) 1.48
6. SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Citadel building and GV Cairo skyline. (2 SHOTS) 2.00
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: CAIRO, EGYPT
The beginning of the mouth of fasting and feasting known as Ramadan began for Moslems in Egypt at dawn on June 1. The start of the holy month varies slightly throughout the Moslem world, with the sighting of the new moon's crescent. Other countries started Ramadan on the last day of May. Until the next crescent is sighted, in about thirty days, devout Moslems abstain from food, drink, tobacco and sex during the day. Once the sun has disappeared the fast is then broken by feasting, with hotels in Cairo offering sumptuous buffets. The daylight hours of fasting are supposed to be occupied by prayer and comtemplation. Historians say that the festive trappings of Ramadan date back to the ninth and tenth centuries. Mohammed exempted some categories of people from fasting, namely pregnant women, travellers, those who are sick, and soldiers in war. In some very devout countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, even non-Moslems who are observed breaking the rules of Ramadan in public are liable to incur prison sentences.
Source: REUTERS - MOHAMED FAHMY